“When you are harvesting your crops and forget to bring in a bundle of grain from your field, don’t go back to get it. Leave it for the foreigners, orphans, and widows. Then the Lord your God will bless you in all you do.” – Deuteronomy 24:19 NLT
There are a few things that are easy to see in others but so difficult to see in ourselves. Chief among those things is greed. The reason we have a hard time seeing greed is because we have a different definition for greed than God does.
For most, greed is when people have more than their fair share. The problem with that definition is no one agrees with what is fair. Some think it unfair that some people have more than others. Others think it unfair if they have to give up that for which they have worked.
God’s definition for greed is simple. Greed is the attitude that all I have is all for me. No matter how little or how much we have, if we believe it is for us alone, that is greed.
What is saddest about greed is that it leads in exactly the opposite direction that it promises. Greed holds onto our hearts because we want to be sure we are provided for. But the reality is, when we are generous, “the Lord your God will bless you in all you do.”